Diss Corn Hall show goes on despite pre opening night accident
Never has the phrase “the show must go on” been more apt, as performances at the Corn Hall helped to brighten the festive period despite the difficulties of the current pandemic.
The Magic of Panto opened for its first show on December 19 and has kept audiences laughing through to the end of the year, despite being put on by a smaller cast than expected.
The term “break a leg” is used in theatre circles to mean good luck, but in a last minute twist of misfortune, Peter Brad-Leigh, who was playing the Dame in the show, did managed to break his leg before the opening night.
The cast had already been reduced to keep the show safe, but pressed on despite the mishap, putting on a wonderful show for customers.
Operations manager Lee Johnson, said: “When we said to Peter “break a leg”, we did not mean literally, and we wish him a speedy recovery and we will miss him this year.”
“In true theatre tradition, the show must go on. Jezo and Emily have worked hard to rewrite the show and the audience feedback has been great.
“It has been wonderful to hear families enjoying themselves at the venue again.”